Panama lies on a skinny isthmus linking Central and South America, famous for The Panama Canal, linking the Atlantic and Pacific and radically transforming shipping.
It’s also a country of stark contrasts, between the modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs of Panama City, and the lush rainforests and long stretches of pearly-white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
With the Caribbean on one side, and Pacific on the other, Panama not only offers exceptional beaches, it’s also great for surfing, scuba diving with whale sharks, snorkeling Bocas del Toro’s rainbow reefs, or sailing in Guna Yala.
Satisfy your wilderness cravings inland at Darién, one of the planet’s biodiversity hotspots, with towering waterfalls and lush rainforests inhabited by howler monkeys. Or explore the waters of Isla de Coiba, teeming with fascinating marine wildlife.